The best books come from someplace deep inside.... Become emotionally involved. If you don't care about your characters, your readers won't either.
The best books come from someplace inside. You don't write because you want to, but because you have to.
The child from nine to 12 interests me very much. And so, those were the years that I like to write about, when I'm writing.
What I remember when I started to write was how I couldn't wait to get up in the morning to get to my characters.
When I started to write, it was the '70s, and throughout that decade, we didn't have any problems with book challenges or censorship.
I never thought about writing. I was married young, I was still in college, as we did then, and I had two babies before I was 25, and I loved them, and I loved taking care of them, but I was a little bit cuckoo, staying at home and not having a creative outlet.
When I'm writing a book, you can't think about your audience. You're going to be in big trouble if you think about it. You're got to write from deep inside.
When you ask, Did writing change my life? It totally changed my life. It gave me my life.
I wanted to write honest books for kids because I didn't have those when I was a kid.
Nothing teaches you as much about writing dialogue as listening to it.
The only thing that works with writing is that you care so passionately about it yourself, that you make someone else care passionately about it.
I think people who write for kids, we have that ability to go back into our own lives.
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